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O.C.F.T.C (Office des Chemins de Fer et des Transports en Commun, French for Railway and Public Transportation Authority) is the Lebanese government authority which operates public transportation in Lebanon.

The OCFTC currently operates 12 bus lines in and around the capital city of Beirut using a fleet of blue and white colored buses. Central Beirut (2004) Beirut (Arabic: , Bayrūt) is the capital, largest city, and chief seaport of Lebanon. ...

There are plans to restore intercity bus service, however, this market is already well served by numerous private bus companies which depart from the Cola area and Charles Helou Station in Beirut to various destinations throughout Lebanon and Syria.

The OCFTC's main competitor is the privately owned and operated Lebanese Commuting Company (LCC) which operates a fleet of red and white colored buses, mostly minibuses. It's service and efficiency is regarded to be better than the OCFTC and thus it charges slightly higher fares.

Due to many problems that have been plaguing the OCFTC, there have been calls to transform it into a regulatory agency with the bus system becoming completely privatized, perhaps transfered entirely to the Lebanese Commuting Company (LCC). These plans may never materialize however.

The OCFTC also owns all of the railway infrastructure in the country, however, as the railway system was severely damaged during Lebanese Civil War, none of the railway system is currently in operation. For the civil conflict of 1958, see Lebanon crisis of 1958. ...

There are plans to revive Lebanon's railway system. The French railways, SNCF, have been hired to analyze the railway infrastructure in the country to see what steps should be taken to revive the system. A project to restore the system may still be several years off as it would be extremely costly. An SNCF multiple unit. ...

Lebanon had the first railway in the Arab world when a line was opened between Beirut and Damascus on August 3, 1895 using steam locomotives. The Arab world The Arab world ( العالم العربي Al-Alam Al-Arabi) consists of more than twenty countries stretching from Mauritania in the west to Oman in the east. ... Central Beirut (2004) Beirut (Arabic: , Bayrūt) is the capital, largest city, and chief seaport of Lebanon. ... Damascus by night, pictured from Jabal Qasioun; the green spots are minarets Damascus (Arabic officially دمشق Dimashq, colloquially ash-Sham الشام) is the capital city of Syria. ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Great Western Railway No. ...

External links

  • OCFTC Bus Routes and Schedules



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